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Climate and Economic Shocks Threaten Food Security in Horn of Africa

Feb 12th, 2022 • by S. Gustafson

Since October 2020, the eastern Horn of Africa has experienced persistent extreme drought, According to a recent report released by FEWS Net. Extremely dry weather in October-December 2020, March-May 2021, and October-December 2021 has resulted in significantly reduced agricultural and livestock production. For example, in Somalia, the 2021 “Deyr” cereal harvest is expected to be as much as 70 percent below the 10-year average. The region has not experienced three consecutive dry seasons since the 1980s, and the trend has put food security at serious risk.

Recipes for Success: A Policy Guide to African Food Systems Transformation

Feb 9th, 2022 • by Layih Butake

Africa’s trajectory to emergence and self-sufficiency has seen significant  progress in achieving global and continental milestones such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Malabo Declaration. However, food security and improved nutrition remain a challenge, and current trends suggest that the continent is not on track to achieve Zero Hunger (SDG 2) by 2030. Evidence suggests that one in five people faced hunger in Africa in 2020 – more than double the proportion of any other region.

Improving African Agricultural Value Chains

Jan 9th, 2022 • by Swati Malhotra, Alan de Brauw, Erwin Bulte, and Evgeniya Anisimova

The agricultural productivity gap between actual and potential yields in Africa south of the Sahara has been a persistent challenge since the post-World War II independence movement. Despite efforts by governments, international foundations, UN agencies, and private investors, smallholder agricultural production continues to lag behind its potential, and products are often of low and variable quality.

Value Chain Resiliency and COVID-19: Results from Ethiopia

Dec 12th, 2021 • by S. Gustafson

As Ethiopia’s population has become increasingly urbanized over the past decade, more and more households have come to rely on markets, rather than their own farms, for their daily food needs. This dependence means that well-functioning agri-food value chains have become increasingly vital to food security for much of the population.

Making the most of intra-African trade: Insights from the 2021 Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor

Dec 6th, 2021 • by Julie Kurtz

With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting livelihoods, and the new African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) now beginning to influence food flows, agricultural trade in Africa is in a state of flux, with both challenges and opportunities. While AfCFTA implementation has begun, some crucial negotiations remain to be completed, and the full scope of its impact is not yet clear.